Tuesday, October 25, 2016

DIY Frugal Version ~ On Guard® or Thieves® Protective Oil Blend

Today we have a special guest post from JES:

As the seasons change, so do the needs of the household which creates a lovely rhythm and pattern of seasonal homemaking. During the autumn and winter months, the prudent woman looks to her home apothecary. She stocks it carefully with preventative medicinals such as elixirs, syrups, herbal honeys, teas, vapor rubs, tinctures, essential oils, etc., for the cold and flu season ahead.

Now, while we love essential oils (and use them daily), they can get quite expensive, especially for larger families to keep in stock! It is nice to know that a frugal and easy alternative exists when it is necessary. For the most part, a trip to the pantry, spice rack and/or your backyard will provide all the ingredients needed for our  "Four Thieves" Protective Oil Blend. The homemaker has now become an herbalist...

The following recipe is an excerpt from our Ebook, 100+ DIY Projects to Make with Fruit Scraps. It is from the chapter "The Medicine Cabinet", which features a selection of home remedies and food supplements for your health such as medicinal and protective oil blends, salves, tonics, booster powders, immune support products, etc.

This particular recipe is the thrifty counterpart to the “protective” blends sold by the essential oil companies. As this is an infused version instead of using concentrated essential oils, this blend can be applied directly (without diluting) to the body to provide healthy immune support. It can also double as a medicinal massage oil for sore muscles.

Four Thieves Protective Oil Blend

What is wonderful is that the main component is something most people throw away and we will glean from in our recipe! It is orange peel and is the first ingredient found in one of the famous essential oil blends (look behind your bottle)! The orange peel boosts immunity, detoxifies the body, is antiseptic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic and boasts antioxidant properties amongst other things!

Ingredients (chosen for their antibacterial properties):
  • 1/4 c. dried orange peel* (instructions on how to dry orange peel is found here)
  • 3 tbsp. whole cloves
  • 2 tbsp. broken cinnamon sticks or cinnamon chips (in a pinch you can use ground cinnamon)
  • 1 tbsp. dried eucalyptus leaf (or rosemary) *
  • 1 tbsp. dried rosemary (or eucalyptus) *
  • oil (i.e., almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, olive or sunflower oil)
* If you do not have the rosemary or eucalyptus leaves, you can replace them with other common antibacterial herbs such as lavender or bay leaf. If you have neither, simply add in more citrus peel in its place for a frugal option.

You could also use lemon peel instead of orange but the aroma won’t be as pleasing for this particular blend. Also, look outside, you may be surprised to see a eucalyptus tree nearby or rosemary and lavender plants growing!

Place all the ingredients in a coffee grinder (or blender) and process until powdery. Pour mixture into a small glass jar. Mark the outside of the jar (a black marker works great) where the mixture ends as you will want to add enough oil to cover the spices by about 1 – 1 ½ inches (since the spices will float as you add the oil, the black marker line will be a helpful guide).

Add the oil and stir until you reach the appropriate volume. Cap the mixture and let this infuse for 2 - 4 weeks in a warm sunny spot (the longer it sits the stronger it will be). Shake daily for a stronger infusion.

When time has elapsed, strain product through a fine piece of cotton (or muslin) and bottle. Label and store in a cool, dark area (like the pantry).

Yield: Approx 1/ 3 cup

Shelf Life: 6 – 12 months depending on the shelf life of the oil you used.

Product Label: Free for your personal use. Just copy, paste and print label for your homemade blend!

Feeling frugal? Store this blend inside recycled essential oil bottles, preferably one with similar qualities to further infuse the blend (i.e., a recycled orange, lemon, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus or rosemary essential oil bottle).

No need to rinse the bottle first as you want to benefit from any of the residual oil left behind! Fill up a multitude of bottles and hand them out to all the members of your family (sans the toddlers please)!

Suggested Use: Massage oil into throat, neck, back of neck and/ or to the bottom of feet during the cold and flu season (or when sickness threatens). When congested, rub liberally into the chest area. This can also be used as a massage oil for sore muscles.

If you enjoyed this frugal recipe, we share 100+ more ideas on how to creatively use up those nutrient-rich fruit scraps in our Ebook hereRecipes include balms, bath salts, perfume, scrubs, easy-to-make fancy soaps, facial products, potpourris, room sprays, sachets, candy, syrups, shrubs, desserts, healthy and delicious beverages, medicinal oil blends, salves, tonics, digestive aids, health supplements, snacks, seasoning and spice mixes, tea blends, homemade vinegars, recipes for canning syrups and jelly, herbal honey, and much more! 


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Love, JES

JES has been the wife to her “one and only” for 19 years. She is a homeschooling mother who embraces her role as “keeper at home”. Her desire is to give frugal inspiration and ideas for all-natural homemaking, homeschooling and homesteading. She shares these old fashioned loves at Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth.


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Monday, October 24, 2016

The Two Types of Discipline in The Christian Home

"Do not be deceived, God cannot be mocked,

 for whatever a man sows that he will also reap." 

~Galatians 6:7

Today we are covering Chapter 8 of the book The Most Important Place on Earth: What a Christian Home Looks Like and How to Build One. If you would like to join us, there is still time and you can get your book HERE.

There are two important types of discipline that we will be talking about today.

One is used as a verb--a person who disciplines himself. 

The other as a noun--a person that is disciplined (by another).

Or as the author would say:

"The person disciplines himself --or is disciplined by a coach or parent--so that one day that person can have the sheer luxury and joy of having discipline."

A trend that is now in Christian homes would be parents that are afraid to actually discipline their child. They allow their child to do what they want, run the home, talk back, and be out of control. Sometimes parents do this because they want to be their child's friend so that they are loved by the child. But the reality is that what the child really needs is a steadfast, loving parent who can teach them the path to self-control and discipline in their life.

First off, when a child is out of control or not obeying, we need to love our child by disciplining them, Disciplining them should:

  • be direct
  • not feel good
  • be swift
  • and be participatory

 That means you, as the parent, need to do the work of showing them what needs to be done. The Scriptures say, "He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly." Proverbs 13:24. This is not talking about abuse, but lovingly correcting your child so that it may benefit him for the rest of his life.

Mr. Wolgemuth also shares:

"No screaming or yelling. No bullying or foolish threats, just a simple thorough explanation of the rules and your expectation that your children follow them."

"You do not call out orders to your children as a dictator would his minions." 

 These things should be done with love, patience, and a calm spirit (yes, we know it is easier said than done, but don't give up!). Disciplining your child is important because it is obeying God, brings glory to Him, brings peace to your home, and encourages your child to know right from wrong and grow into a responsible adult. It is a win-win situation.

Now the second type of discipline we need to help and  teach our children in, is to have discipline in their life. Areas that should be discussed would be:

1. Work - having a strong work ethic and not being lazy

2. Food - having control eating

3. Money - to be wise in spending and not a spendthrift

4. Language - using words that bless others and speak honestly, not speaking impulsively but wisely

5. Leisure time & technology - how we use our downtime and not over indulging

6. Driving - staying within speed limits

7. Modesty - dressing appropriately

Helping our children to have discipline also teaches them self-control and the fruit of the spirit. As they learn to obey us, it helps them to also learn how to obey God.

"But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control; against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23

And finally, we know that this is a major task but do not become weary as you train your children. God has equipped you with everything that you need so long as you lean on Him. He loves your children even more than you do and you can trust Him as you raise your children for Him.

What would you add any other helpful tips to teaching your child?

We'd love to hear them- please share them in the comments below!

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

4 Ingredient Almond Joy Cookies

Since the cooler days of fall have come upon us, it is now time to get into the kitchen and start baking again. We recently discovered a quick and super easy recipe (just FOUR ingredients)  that will make you fall in love with these moist Almond Joy Cookies!

I shared this picture on my Instagram and promised it would be up soon, so here it is!


14 oz. shredded coconut
2 cups semi-sweet (or dark) chocolate chips
2/3 cup chopped almonds
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk (I used the Eagle brand)

1.Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.

3. Scoop spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet (this will be sticky so wet hands to mold into cookie shape and flatten the tops)

4. Cook about 15-20 minutes or until top is lightly browned. If you like it moist don't cook it too long.

5. Then cool and enjoy!

Makes about 20 cookies and best when served warm. Store in an airtight container to retain moistness.

(You can print this recipe using the "Print" button at the end of this post.)

Here is a quick video in case you need it:

It was so easy, my oldest son made it with no problems and was whipping out batches for our large family! (What is it about boys who like to bake in our family?)

Be sure to enjoy it with some warm cocoa or milk!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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3 Simple Verses for the Overwhelmed Mom

Today we have a guest post by Jaime from Like a Bubbling Brook:


Sometimes life is so overwhelming it keeps you up at night. The racing thoughts, tension headaches, and days haunted with dread are very real symptoms of what I call stinking thinking.

It's easy to fall into overwhelm.  One unexpected turn on this road of life can beget another unexpected turn, then another, and then another.  If we're not careful, the presence of anxiety brought on by feeling overwhelmed can multiply in our mind and grow into chronic anxiety or even depression.

I've been in those dark places.  Some of them couldn't be avoided but became testimonies of God's grace at work in my life, triggered by infertility, job losses, and health issues.  He carried us through and provided new mercy every morning, just as He does for you.

But there were other worries - anxieties - that only needed some passionate prayer, a shift in my routine, and a perspective adjustment.

Here are 3 simple verses to meditate on when you feel overwhelmed:

1.  Psalm 34:4 – I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

How can you seek the Lord?  Through worship, prayer, and Bible reading.  Focus on these key disciplines during your most overwhelming moments, and He'll show Himself strong. He'll give you wisdom about how to move past overwhelm into a place of peace.

2.  Psalm 86:15 – But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

His compassion is for YOU.  He is gracious towards YOU.  He is not angry with you, but rather He loves you with an extravagant love and he is faithful to see you through your struggles! He wants the best for you.

3.  Philippians 4:11 – I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

There are times I've had to resolve in my mind that I was going to be content with where I was, regardless of the circumstances around me.  I would worship despite the thorn in my side.  I would pray, "God, if it's not Your plan to change my situation, then help me be content.  If You won't change _____, then please change me."

None of us are perfect, sweet friend. We all have struggles.

Let's take some small steps to move past overwhelm and into a place of peace today! God is faithful!

What verses have you found helpful during times of overwhelm?  Leave a comment and share your favorites.  We'd love to know!

(You may also be blessed by 10 Verses for the Mom Who Feels Helpless or A Printable Prayer for the Mom with Anxiety.)

Go in grace,

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Jaime is a pastor's wife and mom who has experienced God's extravagant grace.  You can read more from her on her site, Like a Bubbling Brook, where she shares encouragement and ideas for moms, and an occasional humorous story about this crazy roller coaster of life.


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Monday, October 17, 2016

How to Have Laughter & Joy in the Christian Home

Is your home a happy home?

Is there laughter throughout the day?

Or is it dark and gloomy?

Today we are covering Chapter 7 of the book The Most Important Place on Earth: What a Christian Home Looks Like and How to Build One. If you would like to join us, there is still time and you can get your book HERE.

Do you ever get so caught up with the busyness of life that you just forget to have fun and laugh? This is important for our homes because we want it to be a place of joy, not gloom and doom. It has been said that laughter is the best medicine of all and all the statistics show that it even improves our health!


A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance. But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.  ~Proverbs 15:13

A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health. ~Proverbs 15:30

A cheerful heart is good medicine. ~Proverbs 17:22

When we seek to have implement laughter and joy in our home, it doesn't mean going out and buying expensive toys or gadgets. Mr. Wolgemuth (the author) encourages us to seek out "homemade" laughter such as:

  • playing a game of hide-and-seek
  • playing tickle monster
  • reading joke books and sharing them over dinner
  • watching funny movies
  • making fun home videos with teens
  • romping on the floor with our children 

So be sure to make it a part of your home!

"Unless you were born with an extra funny bone, creating laughter in your home is going to have to be of a plan."


It is okay to laugh at yourself and not take things so seriously. I can sometimes be a serious person so I am glad that the Lord brought me my husband who is such a blessing in this area. He loves having fun and jokes around all the time. In fact, one of the things that I loved about him when we dated is that he could make me laugh and he still does today--trust me, that is no easy feat either! I am grateful that God brought him into our lives because he brings a lot of the joy and happiness in our home just naturally when he walks through the door. This is a gift!





"Teasing - even if it's not intended to hurt--has the power to wound and close a child's spirit"

These types of "humor" can be hurtful, feel like an attack, or be like a poison to a Christian home so be sure to draw the line and keep it fun for all!

What ways do you try to bring laughter into your home?

Share them below in the comments!

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Our Visit to the Apple Orchard

We visited our local Apple Orchard a few weeks ago and I am finally sharing some of the pictures here since we are doing the Focus on Fall Series. I know that the pictures that I took of the fall decor there would be fitting to share with you!

I like going there to get some fall inspiration, this particular orchard sells tons of pretty fall items. Here is a peek:

I thought this fall mini lamp was cute and whimsical. 

I would really love that pumpkin tureen, gravy boat and those three little white pumpkin bowls on the left there!

Bird tea cup and pumpkin sugar bowls

Pumpkin candles

These would be great for Thanksgiving!

If you have been following this blog for a while you know I have a thing for acorns. I really like this acorn jar. You could fill it with fall cookies. If this jar was in my home it would be empty most of the time because of our large family!

See the pumpkin butter trays on the bottom left?

How cute!

Pumpkin Spice Soap? I never tried it before, but yes, please!

Pumpkin woven mats...

Helpful harvest cookbooks for your kitchen...

And don't forget about the squashes and gourds....

This year they decided to do a corn maze with an election theme. 

But I won't get started on that topic. 

Here is little Bella  and her first ever picked apple. She is 2 1/2 now and loved visiting the animal farm and tasting all the tasty treats we came home with. What a fun day it was for the family.

I hope you enjoyed our pictures to the Apple Orchard!

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